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The Fallacy Of Gyre Cleanup: PART ONE, SCALE

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Team member Stiv reporting here. I will start by saying I’m not an oceanographer, but I am an investigative journalist by trade and I’ve spent the better part of four years researching plastic pollution issues from science to policy.

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  1. [...] Stiv Wilson, it would take 17% of the world’s oil tankers working full time to haul the 315 billion pounds of plastic bits out of the [...]

  2. [...] Many people do not realize that there is a swirling mass of plastic in the middle of the Pacific ocean that qualify as the planet’s largest garbage dump.  The 5 Gyres Project estimates that there are 315 billion pounds of plastic in the ocean [...]

  3. [...] the ocean is microscopically broken down by the sunlight (a conservative estimate suggests there is 315 billion pounds of plastic in the oceans, currently). In the past few years, researchers have also revealed that this debris [...]

  4. [...] Stiv Wilson, it would take 17% of the world’s oil tankers working full time to haul the 315 billion pounds of plastic bits out of the [...]

  5. [...] plastics that plankton mistake for food. The best conservative estimate we have is that there are 315 billion pounds of plastic in the ocean. For comparison, The Gulf Spill spewed roughly 2.5 million pounds of oil per day at [...]

  6. [...] number in the hundreds of million of tons, where a more ambitious attempt at calculating it from 5GYRES puts it at 315 billion tons.  This page on the Marine Research Institute’s Algalita web site [...]

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